The Saint Benedict Institute is joining with Western Theological Seminary to co-sponsor the seminary’s March 12-13 Osterhaven Lecture Series on Theology, which is exploring “Recovering Biblical Christianity: Roman Catholic and Reformed Perspectives.”

The series will include two keynote addresses by the co-authors of the recent publication “Was the Reformation a Mistake?” (Zondervan, 2017) on Monday, March 12, and a panel discussion on Tuesday, March 13. All three events will take place in Mulder Chapel at Western Theological Seminary.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The first keynote lecture, “What Counts as a Biblical Doctrine? Exploring the Biblically Warranted Modes of Biblical Interpretation,” will be delivered by Matthew Levering on Monday, March 12, at 3 p.m.

The second keynote lecture, "Mere Protestant Christianity: Sola Scriptura and the Comic Possibility of Reformation," will be delivered by Kevin Vanhoozer on Monday, March 12, at 7 p.m.

The panel discussion will take place on Tuesday, March 13, at 3 p.m. Keynote lecturers Matthew Levering and Kevin Vanhoozer will be joined by Jared Ortiz, assistant professor of religion at Hope College; and Sue Rozeboom, associate professor of liturgical theology at Western Theological Seminary.

Matthew Levering is the James N. and Mary D. Perry, Jr. Chair of Theology at Mundelein Seminary and the University of St Mary of the Lake. He is the author or co-author of more than 20 books and serves as coeditor of the journals Nova et Vetera and the International Journal of Systematic Theology. He has chaired the Board of the Academy of Catholic Theology since 2007.

Kevin Vanhoozer is a Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Much of his work focuses upon the intersection of Christian doctrine with hermeneutics. He also serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Systematic Theology and the Journal of Theological Interpretation.

Jared Ortiz teaches Catholic studies at Hope, where he founded and directs the Saint Benedict Institute. He teaches courses on the Incarnation, church history, Catholic Christianity, theological hermeneutics and early Christianity. He specializes in early Christian theology, especially St. Augustine, and he has scholarly interests in liturgy, Latin patristic thought and disability.

Sue Rozeboom teaches liturgical theology at Western Seminary. Her reading, research and teaching interests are in the areas of the history of Christian worship, the work of the Spirit and Christian worship, and enriched sacramental theology for refreshed sacramental practice. She is the co-author, with Cornelius Plantinga Jr., of “Discerning the Spirits: A Guide to Thinking about Christian Worship Today.”

The Saint Benedict Institute is a ministry of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Holland. It seeks to promote and nurture intellectual work done from the heart of the Catholic Church, to foster an ecumenical community of Catholic Christians and friends committed to the renewal of culture, and to aid in the formation of intellectually and spiritually mature Christians by making available the riches of the Catholic tradition to Hope College and the wider community. More information is available at

Western Theological Seminary is an evangelical and ecumenical community of faith and learning in the Reformed tradition that serves the church of Jesus Christ. In covenant with the Reformed Church in America, Western equips men and women for Christ-centered, biblically based, theologically integrated, culturally competent, and mission-oriented Christian leadership. More information is available at

Mulder Chapel is located at 101 E. 13th St., east of College Avenue.  Access to the chapel is through the north entrance due to the seminary’s current construction project.